My creative process is an endless cycle of strategy, improvisation, and reflection. It is intuitive and experiential, as I aim to play with the borders of interpretation by allowing room in the work for contradictions between specificity and elusiveness, tactility, sophistication and clumsiness. The imagery functions as a purveyor of moods, personalities, and emotional resonance. In lieu of the manufactured products that are revered by our industrially driven society, they are the unapologetically strange artifacts of an individual's creative will.
Jared Nathan Crane was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1987. He received a BFA in Painting & Printmaking with a minor in Art History from VCUarts in 2012, and an MFA from CUNY Hunter College in 2015. Prior to his graduate studies he spent over a decade working as a cook in various restaurant establishments throughout Richmond, most notably for the Richmond Restaurant Group and for Amuse at the VMFA. Since his departure from restaurant life he has taught undergraduate courses in painting and photography, and worked as an art handler for several galleries and art handling contractors throughout New York City, including Gagosian Gallery and UOVO Fine Art Services. He currently serves as Senior Art Preparator for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. His paintings and photographs have been shown in group exhibitions in New York City and Richmond, Virginia, and will have his debut solo exhibition at Shockoe Artspace in 2018. He returned to Richmond in 2016, where he currently lives and maintains a studio in Fulton Hill.